What is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Hydrocodone is an opiate pain medication used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP and paracetamol) is typically used for management of mild to moderate pain; when in combination, it increases the effect of hydrocodone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 1,901 748
Fibromyalgia 816 338
Pain in lower back 422 201
Back pain 102 67
Muscle pain 78 49

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
75
Moderate
223
Mild
437
None
426

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 169
Drowsiness 58
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Dizziness 25
Itching 22

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
325-10 mg four times daily 21
500mg-5mg as needed 21
325-10 mg three times daily 17
325-5mg as needed 17
325mg-5mg as needed 16
325 mg-10 mg four times daily 12
325-10 mg twice daily 11
325-10mg as needed 11
325mg-10mg as needed 11
325-5 mg twice daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 213
Other 213
Doctor's advice 185
Course of treatment ended 143
Side effects too severe 113
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 21
Expense 16
See all 721 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 134
10 years or more 71

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 127
1 - 6 months 157
6 months - 1 year 95
1 - 2 years 106
2 - 5 years 160
5 - 10 years 71
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 689
Usually 289
Sometimes 157
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 39
Somewhat hard to take 116
A little hard to take 192
Not at all hard to take 814
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 17
$25-49 75
< $25 663
Not specified 401

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 58
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 16
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 8
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 8

Show all 50 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 41
Tramadol (Ultram) 38
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 22
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 9

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching to

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134 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Oct 2, 2015 (Started Nov 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been taking hydrocodone under many names over the years. Some of the names were Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco. They all seemed to work the same which was not that good. I just started taking the 10/325 yesterday so I will have to see how well a higher dosage pill helps me. I really hope I see an improvement in my pain levels with this new dose. My dosages have been up and down as my PCP was really mad at me for quitting Lyrica. I was hallucinating and could fall asleep right in the middle of a sentence while I was talking. I totaled 2 cars and was lucky that I didn't kill some innocent victim! Both accidents happened while I was hallucinating. It was plain awful taking the Lyrica but my PCP didn't understand and cut my hydrocodone down to the bare bones. I just went 3 years without a dosage increase as she had told me to never ask again but I couldn't help finally breaking down and asking. I asked for 2 x 7.5 per day and she said, "No" but then the very next month she wrote it for the same amount that I had asked for by writing me 45 x 10mg per month. That is still 15 mg a day. Bless her heart for helping me out!!! I hate it when I don't have a life because of pain...
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (chronic constipation)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 325 mg-10 mg Five times daily

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Feb 15, 2015 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 15, 2011 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Took pain away . Yeah :)

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